Managing the Friendfeed Stream
Group your friends into Lists
Friendfeed improves drastically as your community grows but you’ll soon find having over 400 people in your Home feed just isn’t manageable. The content and conversations stream so quickly that they become overwhelming and your signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is decreasing.
One of the best methods for maintaining the value and SNR of Friendfeed is to liberally use Friendfeed Lists. Lists let you organize the people you subscribe to into manageable streams. There are probably as many methods for creating lists as there are users but to demonstrate their worth I’ll share how I use lists to manage my feed.
- Front Page (High Signal) – These users share content that I consistently find to be valuable and interesting. This list also includes my very close friends. Our relationship adds value to their content. Examples include: Louis Gray, Steven Hodson, Ken Stewart, Hutch Carpenter
- Alpha (High Signal, High Traffic) – These are people whom I consider their content valuable but due to the large amount of traffic or activity they generate I must segment them into a single list so they don’t drown the rest of my community Examples include: Robert Scoble, Duncan Riley, Leo Laporte
- Bravo (Mid Signal) – These users are also people I find interesting but their content doesn’t always interest me. Often includes very popular community members but their stream is more personality than content. Great place to find fun conversations
- Local – These are local social media users. This room helps me to build relationships with people in my local social media/blogging scene. Their geographic location and real world connection adds interest to their content.
- Home (default)– Everyone else. I like having a somewhat full Home Room (sounds like 5th grade) because it stays active and I can always expect something different.
You can create lists to match any goal imaginable. To create or edit lists click the “Browse/edit friends” link in the sidebar to edit multiple users or you can hover over any username and click edit.
In short, Lists are great, use them. For another great take on using lists check out “Did You Make the List? How I Use Lists to Organize My Life-Stream” by Ken Stewart of Changeforge.com